One of the more memorable moments from today’s White House press briefing was when White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was asked about President Donald Trump’s history of calling the monthly jobs numbers “fake” and “phony” and whether the president will accept them now that he’s in office (and they look good). Spicer answered by quoting Trump that they were “phony in the past but it’s very real now.”
During a CNN discussion this afternoon, CNN political commentator and fervent Trump supporter Kayleigh McEnany was pushed by anchor Brooke Baldwin on whether she’d be willing to at least admit POTUS was showing some hypocrisy on the jobs report. But McEnany didn’t see it that way.
“I don’t think it’s hypocritical,” she told Baldwin. “Because I think he saw Obama’s recovery as the slowest yet. Yes, there were the same jobs numbers throughout the administration — he didn’t think it was a true robust recovery like what we are going to see now.”
When pressed by Baldwin on whether this chips away at Trump’s credibility to take credit for numbers he previously mocked, McEnany claimed that he is merely seeing the “trending numbers” now and that he looks “selectively and intricately.”
Baldwin would bring economist Diane Swonk into the conversation, who went on to explain the methodology of the labor statistics has not changed over the years while pointing out the economy really started gaining traction last year.
Watch the entire exchange above, via CNN.
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